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Max Weinberg reveals he had open heart surgery in February

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Image Credit: Carlos Marino/FilmMagic.comE Street member and longtime Conan O’Brien bandleader Max Weinberg has revealed he had open heart surgery in February, just a couple of weeks after the end of O’Brien’s stint on The Tonight Show. The drummer said that he first found out that had a problem with his heart 26 years ago, and that his condition became life-threatening a couple of years back. The surgery involved the repair of a valve.

“I can make a little news here, which I haven’t talked about to anybody,” the drummer told Fancast.com in an interview timed to coincide with tonight’s HBO documentary about the making of the Bruce Springsteen album Darkness on the Edge of Town. “On Feb. 8, I came to the end of a 26-year watchful, waiting odyssey that culminated in 12 hours of massively invasive open heart surgery.”

Weinberg intimated that this health issue was among the reasons why he is not joining O’Brien on his new TBS show. But the drummer also said that he has “never felt better. I thought I had energy before [but] I’m a thousand percent better. I’m playing better than I ever did. I’m not looking backward. I feel wonderful about where I’m at—physically, personally, professionally.”

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